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Voices from the Past

August 26th, 2011

Sue-Wilkes-author150History is all around us, and Britain’s wonderful heritage should provide plenty of ideas for WB students who ‘don’t know what to write about’. Your local library (if still open!) should be your first port of call when researching an article idea. The internet is also a wonderful resource, but use it wisely. Always double-check facts if possible because mistakes on one website may be copied onto another. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Writers Bureau Moves to New Offices

August 22nd, 2011

First, thanks to Jayne for last week’s blog. I must admit that I’ve never kept a diary, but know that for many writers it’s both therapeutic and provides a fund of useful anecdotes and memories that they can use in their work.

New Words get seal of approval

The latest edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary has just been published and I’m always interested to see what new words have been included. This time, mankini (yuk) and cyberbullying feature for the first time, amongst others. I’m all for ensuring that good grammar and punctuation conventions are maintained (especially the correct use of the apostrophe!) but I find it reassuring that our wonderful language is continually changing and evolving.

Cash in on your trip

I noticed recently that The Daily Telegraph is still running its travel writing competition with £200 for the best ‘Just Back’ article each week plus £1000 annually for the overall winner. It could go some way towards funding your spending money for your next trip.

On the move…

I’m writing this blog sat at my desk, surrounded by cardboard boxes, waiting for the removal men to come and empty my office. After many eventful years at Sevendale House, Writers Bureau are on the move. Some staff are already up and running at our new premises and we’re all looking forward to settling in. It’s exciting – the start of a new era. But it will still be sad when we turn off the lights here and lock the doors for the very last time.

My guest blogger next week (while I unpack all my stuff and get organised) is Writers Bureau tutor, Sue Wilkes. So thanks Sue, for giving me breathing space.

PS Correction to my blog a fortnight ago: despite working closely together, the petition to save Radio 4’s short story output was started and is being run by National Short Story Week, not the SOA.




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The Humble Diary

August 12th, 2011

guestbloggerOne of the first things I remember being told is that if you want to make it as a writer you have to write every day. What? That is not possible I don’t have much free time, I thought. But wait a minute actually it’s not that difficult. I bought a note book and wrote, “Jayne’s Diary” across the front. Now, several notebooks later I am addicted to writing my diary. It is a pleasure and not a chore to write every day. Well, almost every day. Read the rest of this entry »




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Prizes Worth £1100 in the Writers Bureau Poetry Competition!

August 5th, 2011

As usual, thanks first to Bev for last week’s blog. This is certainly a controversial topic amongst writers – and she puts over her view in a logical and convincing manner. Read the rest of this entry »




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